Sharon Hill Porter - Watercolor, Ink & Mosaic tile
Growing up in LA's San Fernando Valley, I attended Cal State Northridge and LA's Art Institute. My love of art started early; I remember the joy I felt as a child watching the beauty of colors flowing into each other while I melted crayons on the heater (a joy not shared by my mother). I received art awards and created float characters for the Pasadena's Rose Parade, designed clothes for a boutique in Hollywood, and did commercial art for a major shoe chain.
I participated in Walnut Creek's Center for the Arts "Children's Book Illustrators" show for "the Wonderful, Wonder-full Donkey", have shown in galleries, juried & invitational shows in Coronado, San Diego, Newport, & Gualala, CA, with purchased & commissioned work from the east coast to Hawaii & Tahiti, and in Smithsonian Catalog. As an illustrator & graphic designer with many clients, I created and published coast tourist maps, and was commissioned to create a 63-foot wide mosaic on Hwy. 1, Gualala.
I taught children's classes at Gualala Art Center and Artists in the Schools program at Kashia. As co-founder of a domestic violence sanctuary, I volunteered, later becoming advocate & director. With this I sought to try to understand how children are affected by domestic violence, and how to break the cycles of violence, issues I continue to try to address through stories & illustrations, as my focus is now writing and illustrating children's books.
Now a published children's book illustrator,* I've lived on California's majestic Mendocino Coast for 30 years, where I enjoy walks through the redwood forest to my favorite meditation place on the beautiful Gualala River.
*Sampling of books:
- "The Wonderful, Wonder-full Donkey" by Olga Cossi
- "Skruffy the Teenage Polar Bear" by Janie Tate
- "Maggie & Brian's PeanutButter Jar Adventure" by Douglas Patterson
© copyright 2008 - all rights to the images are retained by the artist